OUR PURPOSE IS TO GLORIFY GOD - AS WE WORSHIP, INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO JESUS CHRIST, AND HELP THEM GROW IN THIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD
WE PURSUE THIS PURPOSE BY...
Shining the light of the Gospel of Christ into the darkness that surrounds us (2Cor. 4:1-6)We practice a confidence in Romans 1:16 (i.e. “the Gospel is the power of God to salvation”) by preaching a clear Gospel message that includes the whole counsel of God, and trusting that God’s Word has the wisdom and power to radically change lives. (2 Tim. 3:16-17) We believe that when God’s Word is faithfully proclaimed (in song, preaching, counseling, Bible study, etc.) that darkness will either recoil in offense or bow in a repentance that leads to freedom and joy. We desire to build a culture of intentional outreach that is based upon a strong sense of co-laboring with our fellow heirs in salvation in order to build Christ’s church for His glory.
Relentlessly asking what it means to follow Jesus (Mark 8:34)We do our best to distinguish beliefs and practices that are merely cultural from beliefs and practices that are truly biblical. An important way we do this is by closely observing Jesus and all those that did their best to imitate Him (e.g. Paul, etc.); and trying to think, feel, and act in the same manner.
Creating an environment where we can safely remove our masks (Eph. 4:25)We make a deliberate effort to foster an environment that encourages people to remove their masks and reveal their brokenness in the safety of a church community. We focus on our hearts where idols and root sins that supplant Christ are discovered and removed, as opposed to focusing primarily on our external appearance and behavior.
Keeping God's unconditional forgiveness central to our thinking (Rom. 3:23-26, 8:14-17)When we remove our masks and really challenge ourselves spiritually, we will find ourselves in desperate need of God’s grace. Ultimate healing is found in the love of God as demonstrated through God’s willing sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of ALL our sin, guilt, and brokenness. This results in freedom and joy.
Deliberately doing things that stretch our faith (Mt. 14:28)In order to encourage ourselves to grow spiritually and to accomplish the most we can for God’s Kingdom, we must continually challenge ourselves by deliberately pursuing activities that stretch our faith and by developing our spiritual leadership in order to create other spiritual leaders
Relying on God to demonstrate His power (Phil. 3:10)If we properly challenge ourselves, we will find ourselves in situations where we must depend upon God. Deliberate dependence upon God invites Him to work in ways that grow our faith, glorify Him, and give us the privilege of beholding His glory.
Maintaining a disciplined focus on high impact ministry
(Eph. 5:15-17)As we behold God’s glory, believers are transformed and unbelievers are converted. Therefore, we want to minimize things in our lives that take our time, resources, and focus away from beholding the Glory of Christ and leading others to behold His glory also. We do our best to ensure that our church activities and ministry system reflect this goal.